Fun Valentine's Day Ideas for Parents and Families in Sydney

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Valentine’s Day can be an exhausting day for parents trying to figure out how to spend a perfect day that will also keep the kids happy. We’ve come up with some quirky, easy and fun ideas for Valentines’s Day that will satisfy everyone.

And... if you have a babysitter on hand then we’ve got some unique experiences that will mark this year’s Valentine’s Day different from the rest. Date nights may only come around once a year, so make this one count! Who says romance is dead?!

Valentine’s Picnic

Picnics are always a great way to spend the day, and it lets the kids run around while you get a few minutes of relaxation in one of Sydney’s stunning parks. We made a list of the best parks across Sydney’s suburbs that are perfect for a Valentine’s Day Picnic.

Kid Friendly Valentine Movies

If you’re in the mood to relax and lounge around the house with a nice large cup of coffee, then we’ve got a list of movies that the kids can watch with you:
1. Sound of Music
2. Tangled/Most Disney movies
3. Enchanted
4. The Princess Bride
5. Gnomeo and Juliet 
6. Lady and the Tramp
7. The Lorax

If you have a babysitter, then check out some of these movies:
1. Crazy Stupid Love will be playing at Centennial Park’s Moonlight Cinema. Check out the details here.
2. Notting Hill is playing at Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Bondi. Check out the details here.
3. Paris, I Love You at Mov'in Bed (see more details below)
4. A Simple Favour (for the non-romantics?!) is playing at St George Open Air Cinema. Check out the details here.

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Cakes

Get creative and make simple Valentine cards with red hearts. Open up some paint and have some messy fun, do hand butterflies or finger decorations. They can trace their hand and cut out a hand shaped card with a simple “I love you”.
Then crack open the cook book and make some delicious meals and sweets:
1. heart shaped cakes, cookies or cupcakes with heart decorations
2. heart pancakes
3. fruit snacks: use cookie cutters to cut heart shapes out of fruits.


Valentine’s Day Without The Kids

If you have had the babysitter booked since Feb 15 2018 then try one of these romantic ideas!

The Grounds

Of course this place has transformed into a real life love story! The Grounds of Alexandria is hosting a special event in The Grounds Garden and cosy dinners in The Potting Shed. The laneways will be transformed with a Bohemian Love Story vibe including fairy lights and chandeliers. And they even have their own Seafood Bar set on ice with chefs serving a range of freshly shucked oysters, freshly sliced sashimi, made to order crab on brioche rolls, and more

When: Thursday 14 February, 6-9pm
Cost: $370 per table of two
More info here.


Get ready to snuggle under your blanket with your loved one for a date night you won’t forget. Feb 14 2019 means the romantic film, Paris I love you. On your comfy bed you'll find 150 red sealed envelopes will have been displayed on each bed by the Mov’in Bed team. Each envelope contains a special gift : Food, Popcorn buckets, Champagne & snacks plus one lucky couple will win a romantic night at the Four Seasons Hotel. 

Cost : $99 per couple for a bed and 2 glasses of sparkling on arrival. More info here.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: Thursday 14 February
Time: 6.30pm to 8.45pm
Cost: $350 per couple
Book Here.
Few things are cuter than koalas and kangaroos, they make anyone feel happy. This makes them the perfect dinner companions while you sip a glass of bubbly. Canapés and drinks are served on arrival alongside the kangaroos and wallabies in Kangaroo Walk-About. Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner and dessert for two on Koala Rooftop under the stars and surrounded by iconic koalas, and enjoy special keeper talks throughout the evening. And don’t forget the stunning view of the Darling Harbour!

Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium Valentine’s Day Dinner

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When: Thursday 14 February
Time: 7pm – 10.30pm
Cost: $450 per couple
Book Here.
Dine among the fishes! Surrounded by the serene beauty of the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit, spend your Valentine’s Day exploring the Sydney Aquarium with canapés and drinks upon arrival at Penguin Expedition. Then enjoy an intimate 2 course dinner and three hour drinks package.


Luna Park Valentine’s Day Dining

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When: Sunday 17 February and Thursday 14 February 
Cost: $499 per couple
Book Here.
Dine in the transformed Ferris Wheel at Luna Park and look over the stunning harbour. Enjoy a glass of champagne and amuse bouche on arrival, a decadent three course meal with matching wines, served to you in your private ferris wheel carriage and some of the most spectacular dining views available in Sydney.


Shoot Cupid’s Arrow


When: Every Saturday and Sunday (morning and afternoon sessions)
Where: Sydney Olympic Park 
Cost: $25 per person
Book Here.
Do something different as a couple and sign up for these archery classes at Sydney Olympic Park. Discover the secret to shooting a bow and arrow in this one and a half hour program, designed to give participants the necessary skills to use a bow and arrow with confidence in a fun and social atmosphere. There’s lots of other activities for active couples at the park, including bike riding, trapeze, tennis, wetland walks and more!


When: Saturday 9 February, 4.30pm
Where: Parramatta Park
Cost: FREE
Spend a hopefully balmy evening on the lawns of Parramatta Park and enjoy the quirky and entertaining films. There will also be live music, entertainment, food and drinks, red carpet arrivals and awards ceremony. Eric Bana will be headlining the judges panel which is a tempting V-Day present in itself! Click here for more info on Tropfest.

Cupid’s Undie Run


When: 17 February 2019
Where: From Hyde Park to Opera Bar
More Info Here.
Raising money to cure a nasty genetic disorder for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia seems like a great way to spend the Valentine’s Day period with the whole family. Run for 1.5 km to raise money at and then relax and enjoy the 10:00 am after-party at Opera Bar! Be sure to register before you run.


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